tv Service to America Award to Gen. Michael Flynn CSPAN October 27, 2018 2:03am-2:33am EDT
council conference in st. louis, former trump administration national security adviser michael flynn received the award for service to america. of last year, he pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi and awaits sentencing. our event is a by thethat is hosted eagle forum and legal defense fund. it is also hosted by an organization called america's future. that is an organization founded in 1946. oldestk it might be the conservative organization found in the country. world war ii. got together a bunch of businessmen at the time.
we need to protect america and the free market system and they started america's future. it was based in new york city. you will recognize the names of some of the founders. over the decades, it was a force for conservatism. in the late 70's, phyllis schlafly went on their board. the organization is dedicated and educationrint about how wonderful america is and how its system of capitalism and free market systems, how valuable it is. proud to beso associated with that organization because the work it did. also because it began a friendship.
the general is, i might argue, the greatest american soldier. he lives outside of nashville. i said he was 96. he is 97 years old. we were with him about a year ago. i asked him about the deep state. did not getlaub into the military academy and instead he went to ucla. by the time he was out of jump school at the army, while bill donovan the founder of the oss, recruited some guys to join. a -- thereub became
were about 250 men who became trained to drop in behind enemy lines in france, to ferment the french resistance. have to be fluent in french. tough as can be. willing to die. the famous story about singlaub, they said he was cyanide capsule because if you get caught, you will be executed. he said, i'm not taking it with me because i don't tend to get caught. behind enemy lines, there was singlaub. of three. one american, one non-american, usually french -- british, sometimes french. and a radio operator. on their own, cut off from everything. was done saving
the world in europe, he happened to pick up enough japanese that they said, we want to send you over to prepare to invade to do japan. -- to invade japan. estimates were we lose one million men. i asked him about him once. he was training to invade because they were going to drop guys like him into japan to blow the bridges and go ahead of the forces to help. and then the bomb dropped. that would be the end of most people's war. instead, they said we want you to liberate a camp of pows. too political but the japanese were mean. really mean. pows -- thatp.m. is one of the reasons why there are pow flags -- mostly us trillions in this cap. australians in this
camp. he knew the japanese believed on rank. soupgraded himself to major, he had higher rank. isy sent the japanese who lower rank. he turned his back and would not speak to the japanese because he said, i do not speak to lower rank. recognized this as somebody in charge. seven men parachuted in and told the japanese marines the war was over and they should let these pows go. 250 marines, japanese marines, said ok. brought out all these pows. you think he would retire. instead, he founded the cia. fighfought in vietnam. and when jimmy carter was a mess, singlaub said it on the
record in a washington post -- that is fake news. he did an interview while he was in korea. truth was,t the carter was doing was endangering america. hours, the washington post ran it on the front page. he was home in the oval office. that was the beginning of the end of his career and then he retired. no, he did not retire. he became the most effective against communist infiltration of latin america. he was one of the leaders that went down. ollie north got all the attention. one of the guys doing the work was general singlaub. extraordinary american soldier. we, a few years ago, asked if we could start an award in his name for service to america.
greedy because we want to be able to give it for the next 1000 years and claim we are linked to him because of how wonderful he is and how great he has been. clap for him. great man. great man. [applause] >> he's a great man. just a great man. and he could not be here tonight, it is too difficult to travel. general flynn is a friend of theirs. i talked to joan yesterday. they sent two of their daughters, they are right down here. stand andsay please let everybody see you. thank you for being here. digress on this award because i think it is such a e.nderful tribute to rea
tonight, we are going to honor her with the full-time homemaker of the year award. tomorrow. before we get to that, joe flynn and general flynn. did barbara come? my sister barbara. i wanted to mention and give a tribute to your mother. the mother of general flynn had this extraordinary life. for she had nine kids. that would have been enough for most. they areisland where from, she fought for pro-life. she fought for her party to be better. she ran for office twice, i think i saw. just had an extraordinary life. these women, they just transformed our country by how they took care of our families and what they did. i wanted direct nice helen flynn -- recognize helen flynn.
and now, being a little greedy, i want to recognize lori flynn. at the same time, my wife who is over here. she puts up with a lot. ri and my wife. thank you. i don't think general flynn needs to be introduced. his record is extraordinary. but the people who vouch for him and talk about him is a list of who's who in military. a list of who's who in politics. a list of who's who in life. sent mesinglaub speeches, he said, i want you to read these. people thatest
recommend his courage, his quality of character, and his service to this country. that is why we want to give him this award. i'm going to ask someone who knows him better than maybe each someone to tell you why this is a great man who gives us a perspective. it is the gift from god, to d fatherur mother an and have that perspective. i would like to ask michael flynn junior to come up and say a few words about his father. michael? [applause] >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen. i would like to thank all of you amazing patriots for coming out to such a great event tonight. i have the pleasure of
introducing a man that requires no introduction. kind of like what ed said. retired general michael t flynn spent 33 years in the greatest military in the world. reformed the way intelligence iraq andred during the afghanistan wars. the former head of the defense intelligence agency. former national security advisor. i have never been more proud to call my father. my best friend and my hero. god bless america. please welcome general flynn. [applause] deborah and jodi, i want you to come up. ome up. [applause]
>> pretty amazing. in pretty humbling. -- and pretty humbling. it is an interesting thing about my mother, helen flynn. she is to seized it but she was a terrific person. today istanding up such a small world. her and phyllis's life intersected in the 1970's. i remember going down for the right to life merges my mother -- we would all drive down. drive right to life floats and parades.
-- in parades. here i stand and it is a pretty awesome experience. lafly family that is here, it is gratifying that you brought your children. our country is so much better theuse of your mom, and impact. she is really iconic when it comes to the kinds of things she got herself involved in. for certain type of people like jack singlaub -- i'm going to make some comments in a little bit, talking about some things we believe in -- even when a person is gone, their legacy continues to live it on. their real impact, you don't really know what it will be. we don't know what it is yet.
some of it is sitting in this room tonight. and i were talking earlier today, who is the next phyllis schlafly? where is that person? his comment was, maybe there are 12 of them out there somewhere. who's the next one? wha that to be more of pe of person. . thank you for continuing this whole dynamic. and for ed, we appreciate your r interaction. i want to recognize the two daughters of jack. jodi, ifor deborah and
don't know where you are sitting -- i am sorry, right here, for whatwo of you, you know you are talking about when you are talking about your father, all these escapades in things. i there are two people -- called your dad july 11, his birthday -- i called him up and wished him a happy birthday. joan answers. if you sell these two people, and especially if you saw fitral singlaub, he could in his uniform today and lead a rifle battalion today. the guy is amazing. i know there are going to be a lot of people especially the back row that won't pay attention to whatever the heck i say. i want to make sure they get the
words i say right. i believe in the things i am going to say. thiske to general singlaub week about serving america and what it means to both of us. i want to share some of our thoughts with all of you tonight. requires us,erica today and tomorrow, to stand together as champions for freedom. soldiers of liberty who are on the right side of history. anything less cannot be tolerated if our country is to survive. for many of us across our nation, we understand this is not the first time patriots have risen to this fight we are in today. more than 200 years ago, 250 years ago, patrick henry a great patriot who understood service to america, he warned his fellow countrymen his choice against
great britain's suppression of freedoms was crystal clear. as mine is tonight. decided whether to accept slavery to a monarch or freedom. seems like an easy choice. almighty god, he said, i know not what others might take, but for me, to me liberty or give me death. say.an amazing thing to ant, abrahamt service lincoln. abraham lincoln fought for his vision to unite the north and the south as a new birth of freedom. so all people would be treated equally, without regard for color or race.
in his famous gettysburg address of 1863, at the dedication of the soldiers national cemetery to honor union soldiers who had abrahamthe civil war, lincoln, president lincoln, inspired our nation, inspired americans to fight on so these dead shall not have died in vain, and that this nation under god will have a new birth of freedom. and that government of the people, by the people, by you, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. nearly -- just slightly over 100 his 1964 speech at the republican national convention, another great american, another great american servant. subsequently president of the united states, ronald reagan.
essence of whye the fight by americans against he ready -- tyranny and injustice will never end, must never end. freedom is quote never more than one generation away from extinction. we didn't pass it to our children. it must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. this time, our time, our america, the urgency to act is at the doorstep of our democracy. countryre of this depends on each one of you in this room tonight. many others that you represent around this great country. is about thepoint heart and soul of the states of america. not benot and must silent or take for granted that
our great nation, that our great nation will not fall to the many threats that we face around the world. and some right here at home. it is time, it is absolutely time, time tonight, time this weekend, never better time, it is time to buckle down and listen up and stand ready to fight for our way of life and our traditions. for those who oppose our couldental principles take us down in the snap of a finger. stated -- is on page 111 for anyone who wants to look -- i stated that we should not fear the judeo-christian principles that our nation was
founded upon. we should not be in fear of that. we should cherish that. we should be proud of that. i will always believe that. to those in the room who have served in the military, or served as first responders, you represent our warriors around the world. and across the country. you all know what your respective battlefields look like. there are not pretty. they are not perfect. fighter serve america -- fight or serve america not because we ate our enemies. enemies.ur it is because we love america. we absolutely love the freedoms we cherish. when we talk about why we fight,
white as a soldier or marine, why do they do what they do on the battlefield, it is about the buddy next to him. the person on your left or right. deep down inside, it is about the way we want to live. the weight we must continue to fight to live for. ur fight willo not be pretty nor perfect. we will be measured harshly. trust me, we will be measured harshly and our enemies will try to destroy us. but we cannot fail. there are moments in history that are seminal. there are others that are monumental. wasr general jack singlaub present at all of these. he was present at all these during most of the last century. he is 97 years old. i would not want to meet him in a bar fight tonight.
he is this pretty incredible human being. thank god our country has people like him. he always always responded to the call to serve. the call to duty. hisis way, his gifts, intellect and courage, and his believe system, he served our country and continues to serve our country. i am standing here as reflection of jack singlaub. because of his service. withserved our country distinction, with honor, integrity, and dedication to liberty and will freedom. -- and freedom. above all, he dedicated his life to god, he dedicated his life to dedicated hisd he life to our country the united states of america. andehalf of jack singlaub
all of his tremendous years of service and his service to america, i humbly accept this award. i commit to general singlaub that i will never stop fighting, and i will never stop believing. veryation and its existence are always at risk to tyranny. especially tyranny around the world. my pledge of allegiance and my solemn vow is to this beautiful country, this flag, and that pledge will never waver. i know all of you feel the same. every so often, it is good to be reminded. to all of you, thank you so much. thank you for this honor. i hope you enjoyed this great weekend and god bless america. thank you. [applause]
surrender, he said, i a have not yet begun to fight. general, we have not yet begun to fight. thank you so much. [applause] jamesday on c-span's q&a, nn talks about his biography of george w. bush. >> i don't really worry about my legacy. i'm still studying theodore roosevelt or harry truman. be anis not going to objective history done on this administration for a long time. to judgenot too soon some aspects of his legacy.
on the war in iraq. why? it didn't accomplish what he thought it was going to a cobbler's before he -- to accomplish. it cost 4000 plus american lives, $2 trillion. and i don'ty book, think this judgment will change, that it was one of the biggest strategic blunders in american history. mann sunday night at 8:00 eastern on q&a. guest --pico is our jodi picault. her most recent book is a spark of light. plus 20 more novels. she has also written five issues
of the wonder woman comic series ford dc comics. from sunday, november 4, noon to three clock p.m. eastern. be sure to watch next month when elzer will beill our guest. >> democratic senator bob casey is up for reelection. andrs will decide the race country in 10he days. the candidates recently had debate before election day. this is one hour. >> welcome to the debate between candidates for u.s. senate in pennsylvania. i will be serving as moderor